For whatever reason, this talk isn’t embeddable right now, but the talk was good (you can see it here.
It certainly wasn’t as contentious as his talk with Republicans, but Obama fielded some tough questions from his own party, particular by Senators like Blanche Lincoln. She shared a story about a constituent of hers who said he doesn’t think the White House understands what it means to try and make payroll every week.
Obama responded and The Hill has more…
Obama responded by defending steps his administration has taken to right the economy and said “Moving forward, Blanche, what you’re going to hear from some folks…[is that] the only way to provide stability is to go back and do what we did before the crisis.”
The president reiterated that he would not return to past policies.
“If the price of certainty is for us to adopt the exact same proposals that were in place for eight years leading up to the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression…the result is going to be the same.”
But Obama conceded that “Blanche is right that we sometimes get bogged down in ideology.”
Once again, Obama comes off as not only highly knowledgeable about every single topic, but also can defend why he has made the decisions he has made at every turn…something his predecessor couldn’t or wouldn’t do.
All I can say is I hope he continues these talks with both sides because this is the type of dialogue we need to see. In other words, this should be the standard, not the exception.